Episode 2: Building for Indigenous Homefulness

What are the most significant factors contributing to a lack of homefulness amongst Indigenous people in Canada?

In this episode, the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Executive Director of First United Church’s Social Housing Society points to the church’s active attempts to suppress traditional spiritualities as a major factor.

Rev. Lansdowne is currently in the midst of leading the redevelopment of the First United Church properties—seeking to create a place of connection, worship, and home—in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Carmen discusses many facets of Indigenous Homelessness, and the ways in which First United’s redevelopment is seeking to address these issues in their community-first approach to housing. You can also look into https://webuyhousesinatlanta.com/douglasville/ to know about the current status in the real estate field.

A member of the Heiltsuk nation, Carmen speaks to us from the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

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Show Links:

Beyond Housing to Homefulness Symposium: https://empireremixed.com.azwawtg5j2-jqp3vl7gy450.p.temp-site.link/homefulness
Empire Remixed: https://empireremixed.com.azwawtg5j2-jqp3vl7gy450.p.temp-site.link
Sorrento Centre: https://www.sorrentocentre.ca

Rev. Lansdowne’s Website: https://www.salaconsulting.ca/
Rev. Lansdowne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/revviec
First United Church’s Redevelopment Project: https://firstunited.ca/redevelopment/

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Andrew Stephens-Rennie
Andrew is a writer, dreamer and organizer with a keen interest in developing leaders in faith, compassion and justice.

He currently serves as the Director of Missional Renewal for the Anglican Diocese of Kootenay on the unceded territories of the Sinixt, Syilx, and Ktunaxa nations. He previously served as the Director of Ministry Innovation at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC.

Andrew is cofounder and contributing editor at www.empireremixed.com, and co-editor of "A Sort of Homecoming: Essays Honoring the Academic and Community Work of Brian Walsh" with Marcia Boniferro and Amanda Jagt.

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